Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 9-13, 2016 - All-Seasons RV Resort, Wichita, KS

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I did not want to get up this morning even though I knew we had a lot to do.  I could not go to bed last night until I heard the final results of the election and it was almost 3 before I finally gave it up. I finally managed to pull myself out of bed around 6:30 (late for me).  Hopefully I'll sleep really well tonight and get caught up since we plan to spend the next several days visiting kids and grand kids in Wichita.  Dean's oldest and youngest sons and their families reside there.  Fortunately for us the campground we stay at is within a few miles from both of their homes so its very convenient for us.

It was 11:00 before we finally pulled out of Oswego.  We made 3 stops on the way including one for lunch, which we rarely do when pulling the RV.  Typically I just make us a sandwich to eat on the road. However the convenience store in Fredonia, KS has recently added a Subway and it is easy for us to get in and out of, besides providing truck/rv parking in the lot behind the store.  We noticed there were quite a few cars as we approached the roundabout intersection and we wondered if we should go on, but our rumbling stomachs quickly made the decision for us.  We really didn't have much of a wait to place our order, and after taking time to eat in the truck, we were soon on our way.

The rest of the ride went smoothly and we were in our site at All-Seasons RV Campground on West Maple St. in Goddard, KS, and we were unhooked by 3:30.  We enjoy this campground and we've stayed here often enough now the staff knows us.  While most of the units here are full-timers it is clean.  They leave an area in the front for those needing an overnight spot or short time visitors.  The sites are pull-through and have full hook-ups.  We've never had any problems here.  They have a nice activity room and very clean restrooms and showers.  While we never use them, it's nice to know they are available to those who might.  We were in site 3 this time, and we noticed they had a crew in to trim their trees.  We appreciate this!  The roads and sites are all gravel and while concrete is much nicer it's not too bad for the convenience.  The price is affordable and it is very easy to get to.  As we were checking in they asked us if were here to visit our sons.  It's nice to know we've been here enough now they know who we are.

Once we were set up, we relaxed for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Dean made roast beef hash for dinner, one of our favorite meals.    Afterwards we drove the 3.5 miles to our son Heath's house to visit with him and his family.  However, since it was a school night we didn't stay too late.  They have three boys, the oldest is 9 and the youngest will turn 6 next month.

We will be back on Saturday to spend the day with them.  Their oldest son Abram, has a basketball game Saturday morning that we will attend.  Following that we will hang out at their house for the rest of the day.

 After nodding off several times as we watched TV I finally headed to bed about 8:30.  Being up to the wee hours of this morning were catching up with me.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fortunately I had a great night's sleep.  Since all of our kids and their spouses are working today and the kids are in school, we had the day to ourselves.  Dean told me he actually had something he wanted to do - visit Academy, Cabela's and he wanted to eat lunch at Hooter's.  Yes my husband loves Hooter's.  For some reason after eating there once he was convinced they had the best wings ever, and wings are his favorite part of a chicken.  Since he rarely even mentions eating somewhere he really likes, or even has the opportunity to eat at a Hooter's, I agreed.  In fact in the nearly 23 years we've been married this might be the 4th time we've gone. Dean is the most easy going guy and rarely suggests doing anything, so how could I say no.  Off we went from the west to the east side of Wichita.

On our way there we were headed east on 13th Street when we approached a stoplight.  A driver coming from the north was pulled out into the intersection waiting to turn east.  Dean waited until this car turned (our light turned green as this car made it's turn east after his light had changed to red) and then began to enter the intersection and all of a sudden a grey van comes shooting through the intersection from the south.  I yelled and he hit the brakes.  The guy swerved to keep from hitting us and I really thought he was going to hit the car across the intersection from us that was heading west but he managed to get his van stopped.  Oh wow, my heart was in my throat and my poor heart was pounding.  What a close call!!  We didn't see the guy coming at all so we had to wonder if he was on the phone or something that he was that distracted to run a red light.  Fortunately for us God's hand was on us and other than the rise in our heart rates we were just fine, and we continued on to our first stop, Cabela's.

Surprisingly Dean actually purchased some summer clothing that was on sale at Cabela's.  He really likes the light weight clothing made by Magellen and Columbia .  Cabela's happened to have a markdown on these and he was able to get two pairs of pants and one shirt.  Dean rarely spends money on himself so I was pleased he agreed to purchase these.

When we left I checked our phone and a Hooter's was pretty near us so we headed there next.  I was pleased to see a large sign advertising that on Tues and Thurs you can order 10 wings and get 10 boneless wings for Free.  Since I prefer the boneless, this was perfect for us.  I have to admit I felt a little uneasy walking in as other than the man and woman we seen leaving I was the only woman in the entire place except of course for the waitresses.  Dean did tell me later it wasn't as good as he remembered, his wings were a bit overcooked.  On the other hand, mine were excellent.  We took half of our food home with us to enjoy for lunch tomorrow.

As we were leaving Dean asked if I would want to drive and I agreed.  He doesn't mind the driving but enjoys having the opportunity to really look around and of course, he can't do that too well at the wheel.  At our next stop, Academy, he bought a new ball cap (on sale of course), golf balls and golf tees. Wow, I think I started something encouraging him earlier!  Seriously, as I mentioned before I was pleased that he spent something on himself, as he so rarely does.

We headed back to Bentley after our shopping trip to rest up a while.  We are spending some time this evening with Jarred and his family, and headed to their house an hour or two later.  Jarred had not arrived home yet from picking up their daughter Emerson, so we visited with Andrea for awhile while waiting.  We were surprised that Emmy warmed up to us so quickly after Jarred arrived since we haven't seen her since September, but was elated that she did.  She is 20 months old now and I can't believe how many words she can say.  We went to dinner this evening at Abuelo's.  As always it was delicious.  I snapped this picture of Emmy and her daddy Jarred.

 Afterwards we stayed to visit for a short while and then headed home.  Jarred has a meeting in the morning and he is going to drop Emmy by Bentley so we can spend some time with her and then we'll hang out with them the rest of the day.

Friday, November 11, 2016

After coffee this morning, I straightened things up and did some dishes while we waited for Emmy to arrive. Jarred brought her a little doll crib full of toys and we had a great time playing with her until he returned. Once he arrived we discussed what to do later and decided we'd go see the new movie directed by Mel Gibson, "Hacksaw Ridge".  After he left, we had leftovers for lunch and then headed to Jarred's.  A short time later we dropped Emmy off at the babysitter's and then we headed to the show.

This movie was just amazing and a little too real to life for what I prefer when it came to the battle scenes, however I think it was good for me to better understand some of the horrific things soldiers have to witness.  As you may know the story is about a young man, Desmond Doss, who enlists during WWII but refuses to carry a gun as a conscientious objector. No one in the military can understand his reasoning and he is given a pretty difficult time for his decision, even facing court martial. In a twist I did not expect a decision was reached that he would remain in the army.  Other than give away the story all I will say is I came away with a couple of things.  While I have always felt all soldiers were heroes I have an even stronger appreciation for our armed forces and what they endure for our freedoms; and it proved our faith in God will permit us to overcome even unbelievable obstacles, allowing us to do anything he puts before us.  This was a great movie, one of the best I've seen in quite awhile and I would highly recommend it.

It was a very fitting movie to watch on Veteran's Day, and I'd just like to say I appreciate all of our Veteran's and the freedoms we enjoy today because of their commitment and service to our nation.

We left the theater, picked up Emerson and headed back to Jarred's for awhile before we went to Pie 5 for pizza.  It was our first time visiting this restaurant and it was "okay".  You can choose from several standard pizzas on their menu or you can build your own.  They make the pizzas as you move through the order line and they are ready when you pay.  Dean and I each had a garden salad, and a special made to order chicken alfredo pizza, with artichokes on half of it (for me).  While it was good, it is not one of our favorite pizza places.  I didn't care for waiting in line such a long time and I think they were a little skimpy on the toppings.

We headed back to Bentley after dinner so Jarred could share some time with Emerson (Andrea was attending a football game in Derby with her sister and aunt).

Tomorrow we will spend the day with Heath and his family, so stay tuned.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Heath texted us last night to let us know they were going to Lamar's in the morning and advised if we wanted to join them they would be there at 9:15a.m.  Well, since we've learned about Lamar's Donuts in Wichita we rarely pass up an opportunity to go.  Heath and Casey found out about it shortly after they moved to their former home, just around the corner from Lamar's several years ago.  Lamar's is located just east of 21st & Maize on the south side of the road.  If you are ever out there stop in. We've never had anything we didn't like, (of course, it's not as good as our own Jinks Bakery in Oswego used to be, but it's the best we've had since) and we both agree the apple fritters are our very favorites, and Dean really likes the doughnut.  We arrived at 9:15 and we should have made it about 10 minutes earlier.  Heath & Casey had already made their selections and were paying when we arrived.  We had to wait 7-10 minutes before we had our 2 apple fritters and 1 regular doughnut, but as usual it was worth the wait.

Abram's basketball game begins at 10:00 and it is just a short drive north from here to the City of Maize so we arrived a good 10 minutes before game time.  Since the game in progress went slightly over we were all good. Abram has never played basketball before this year and we thought he did a good job.  He's tall for his age, seemed to be the tallest of his teammates.  He just turned 9 in August and the team is for ages 10 and under. (I'm sure there is another age group younger but I'm not sure what that age bracket is.)

Abram is No. 12, Blue team.

We enjoyed watching him play although the other team either had some really talented kids or they had been playing together for awhile.  They were very good and made great shots.  But more importantly the kids are learning the basics, teamwork and how to get along with others and that is what is important right now.  Their season ends in just a few weeks so I'm not sure if we will get an opportunity to see another game this year.  If not, we'll look forward to next year.

Jarred, Andrea and Emerson showed up shortly after the game started and Emerson was having fun cheering for Abram and later playing with her cousin Roman.

Notice Emmy's hair in this picture.  She was jumping up and down and cheering for Abram!

Roman enjoying a game on his tablet, leaning on mom.
Just happened to get this picture and thought it was pretty cute.

Afterward the game, Dean and I headed back to Heath's.  Jarred and Andrea asked Dean and I if we would want to watch Emerson for awhile this evening while they attend an event at their church.  Of course, we agreed.  We hung out with Heath's family, had some sandwiches and just visited.  About mid-afternoon Heath, Casey, Dean, Abram and Roman went out to shoot some baskets and practice with Abram.  I went out for a short while but it was pretty cool today and I was soon back inside. Roman and I played cards for awhile later.  He loves to play games but today was a little tough since he had only part of a deck of cards.  We tried to play Slapjack, but with only one jack we called it Slapqueen! HAHA  We still had a lot of fun.  A new deck of cards might be in his stocking this Christmas!

Jarred and Andrea dropped Emmy off about 3:30.  She had already taken a great nap and she was a busy little thing but as good as gold.  While she loved Heath's dog Jewel, she was also afraid of it. She kept saying "Jewel" or "Puppy" but then run from it when it came towards her.

We ordered from Pizza Hut for dinner.  It's so nice place your order and pay for it on the internet and then have it delivered.  As usual it was very good.  Unless I make it at home, we prefer Pizza Hut to most other chain pizza restaurants.  Jarred and Andrea returned to pick up Emmy at about 7:45 and we headed back to Bentley not too long afterwards.  I don't know if it was due to the time change or the weather has caught up with me, or maybe even the fact I was sick last week, but I was in bed shortly after 9.  I just couldn't keep my eyes open.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I could not believe it when I woke up this morning and it was almost 6:15.  I cannot remember the last time I slept this long in one night.  I told Dean I think when it's really cold (it was around 33 degrees last night) and we have really nice warm covers on the bed I sleep much better.

After our coffee, breakfast and getting around we soon had everything packed up.  We pulled out of the campground at 8:35, and Dean had Bentley backed into his parking spot at our house at 11:50. We noticed when we turned off of the highway there was a lot of equipment in front of our house, on the road south of our house, and a truck with a large trailer was pulling off of the road right in front of our house blocking our driveway.  The contractors are doing work for Centurylink, Dean's former employer to upgrade fiber cable here in Oswego.

We were slightly concerned we might have a problem getting by all of the equipment but it was not a problem and we were able to get backed in pretty quick.  One of the contractor's came up and talked to Dean and indicated they would move their equipment if needed, to accommodate us which I thought was extremely professional and courteous of them.  They did move the truck with the large trailer but other than that we had no problems at all.

Now I have to tell a little story on myself.  I had read the local Methodist Church was having their annual chicken and noodle bazaar, so we were kind of in a hurry to get home so I could run out and pick up two meals for us.  It's great food and we've attended almost every year for as long as I can remember.  I moved the truck after Dean unhooked it and then ran in and got the keys to the van and ran out to the community center.  There were several cars there and while I thought it seemed like a small crowd, the churches weren't out yet (or at least you could not tell any of them were by the looks of the local restaurants as I drove by them on the way to the community center, since they are usually packed after church) so I assumed I was just early.  Guess what, it was the previous weekend!!  I was sick last Saturday and Sunday and I guess it was the previous week's paper I had read and then because I didn't feel well of course I forgot all about it and we did not go.  Talk about feeling silly ---- and extremely disappointed.  So after we have ate pizza twice in the past couple of days we ran up to our local Pizza Hut and had a salad and pizza from their buffet. It was still very good, especially the salad!

My sisters and I get together on Sunday afternoons from one to three.  There are four of us and we all still live in Oswego.  As the oldest I host the first Sunday, and by age the rest host the 2-4th.  We do not get together on the 5th Sunday.  I have not been able to attend except maybe once in the past 4 months so that was the other reason for rushing to get home early today.  I missed them!!  I had planned to host last weekend but since I was sick, no one wanted to come to my house!!  We had a great afternoon visiting, catching up and planning our annual family Christmas for December 18.

Since the weather is finally cooling down it means we need to winterize our dear Bentley and put him into hibernation until spring.  So that means my posts will probably be minimal until March, when we will begin our 2017 "Travels with Bentley".  At that time we will head south to attend our first ever Escapade in Tuscon, AZ.  We already have a really busy RV schedule for next year with our Heartland Owners Group-including the National Rally in Indiana (June), and our Chapter 17 Escapees rallies/casual campouts (April through October).  We also plan to spend more time in Branson at Treasure Lake Resort where we are owners as well as visiting several places around Kansas we've always wanted to see.  We'll see you down the road!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

October 24-30, 2016 - Treasure Lake Resort, Branson, MO

Dean and I bought a membership at Treasure Lake Resort in Barnson, MO last year.  So far we have only visited two times.  We wanted to make use of it and this is a perfect time to visit the Branson area.

We had Bentley loaded and ready to go shortly after 9:30 this morning (Oct 24) and pulled out about 10 minutes later.  The drive seemed to go quickly and we were parked on site #345 at Treasure Lake Resort before 1:30.  We were quite surprised how full the campground was.  The annual meeting of the resort is this Saturday and they have a lot of activities and music events going on this week but we didn't expect it to be this busy on Monday.  The area we have always parked in was packed full but we soon found a nice site not too far away.

After having some lunch set outside to enjoy the sunshine.  It wasn't long and a white car pulled up in front of our site and I realized it was our SKP friends Vern and Joanne.  They unhooked their car from their motorhome in order to come in the park and scope out a place.  We visited for awhile and they left to find a spot.  A short time later they drove by to let us know where they would be parking - one row over from us. Dean wanted to do some shopping this afternoon.  He's been looking for a leather cell phone holder he can wear on his belt but he wants a certain kind.  We stopped at one store with no luck.  I checked for leather stores in Branson and found one right next to Cakes and Creams on 76, so we headed there next.  He was in luck - he found just what he wanted and it was the last one they had!!!

We have dinner plans with another SKP friend Carolyn for tonight.  She recently purchased a new home and I was anxious to see it.  She suggested we come to her home first and then we could eat afterwards.  Her home is located on Table Rock Lake and she has some beautiful views of the sunsets from her deck and living room.  It is beautifully decorated, including some marvelous pictures she painted herself.  She is a very talented lady and we enjoyed our time with her very much.  We drove separately to Danna's BBQ where we enjoyed our meal and talking to each other for quite awhile before we headed our separate ways.  Once we got settled in we watched Dancing with the Stars which we were recording and called it a night.

Dean and I walked almost every morning while here in the park and we managed to get in some pretty good distances.  There are quite a few uphill challenges on the walking paths and we "climbed some stairs" according to my fitbit.

Tuesday (Oct 25) morning we walked over and visited with Vern and Joanne for awhile and had a chance to see the inside of their new to them motorhome.  It is very nice and very open.

After leaving their rig, we had a quick lunch and then drove to my Aunt Lil's (my mom's youngest sister) house to visit with her and her husband Gary.  They live on Bull Shoals Lake.  It took us about an hour to get there and we visited for a couple of hours or so before heading back.  We had a really nice visit as always.

Dean grilled us some hamburgers for our dinner tonight.  They sure tasted good.

Wednesday (Oct 26) morning after our walk Vern and Joann stopped by for awhile to visit.  We sure enjoy their company!  They told us that Frank and Joyce, a couple we met at our SKP meeting in Grove had pulled in yesterday evening and were parked just a couple of spots down from them.  It's becoming a reunion of SKP members here.

I told them we were headed to Khol's later as I was looking for a new pair of tennis shoes.  I had a couple of coupons I was hoping I might be able to use - but unfortunately I didn't care for anything they had. We also checked out Shoe Carnival, Bass Pro and finally Famous Footwear at the Branson Landing.  FF had a shoe that I really liked and in the color I preferred but they did not have my size. They offered to call the Tanger Mall FF and as luck would have it they had it in my size so off we went.  I was quite happy to find something even though it took a good part of the day.

Later this evening we walked over and visited with Vern, Joanne, Frank and Joyce for awhile.  The weather has been beautiful here this week and the evenings while cooler are perfect for sitting outside visiting.  Too bad we don't have a campfire.

Thursday (Oct 27) Dean wanted to drive over to Hollister, MO where a new Menard's opened this week.  We spent a couple of hours walking around there and afterwards we stopped at a Mexican restaurant not too far away.  It was very good.  Afterwards we drove back to the Resort.  We had not been here too long when my sister Cindy called and wanted to know where we were at.  When I told her at the resort, she said but where, what is your site number?  Cindy and husband Elmer and her best friend Paula and husband Gary were in town for the next two days and they wanted to come by. In no time they showed up and we enjoyed visiting with them for an hour or so.   Later, we ended up at Vern and Joanne's to visit.

Friday (Oct 28) we asked Vern and Joanne to have breakfast with us at Cracker Barrel.  If you follow this blog regularly you know Dean likes to have breakfast out on Friday's.  We had another great visit. After we returned Dean and I walked up to the club house to get our name tags and ticket for the annual meeting tomorrow.  Then we walked over to the Lodge where they were having a concert. Greg Jones was the singer performing and we enjoyed our time listening to him.  He was quite good. After lunch we talked to our friend Carolyn and invited her to come out to visit, and she arrived an hour or so later.  We found out that another SKP friend Connie and friend Jack were at a different RV park in town.  Today they are at Silver Dollar City but we hope to get everyone together tomorrow if we can.  Later we all went back up to watch Comedian Terry Wayne Sanders at 3 in the Lodge.  I've never heard anyone talk so fast in my life, and he was pretty funny.  Vern and Joanne's grandson Chris drove down for the day, along with Gary and Connie more SKP friends from the Springfield area.  Afterward, Terry completed his set we all went to Godfather's Pizza for dinner.  Frank and Joyce joined us there.  What a fun time.  Here Dean and I thought we'd be down at the resort on our own and we probably would have ended up being bored.  We've had a great time and really enjoy time with our SKP family.  We returned to the park and ended up at Vern and Joanne's for a few hours before we all called it a night.

Saturday (Oct 29) after breakfast we followed Frank and Joyce to the Andy Williams Theater for the annual owners meeting of Treasure Lake Resort.  You won't believe this but we walked in and as we were taking our seats I happened to notice the people sitting behind us were also some of our SKP members - Ray and Carolyn.  They have been here two weeks but are in a different section of the park.  I wish we had known they were here before today.

The meeting was quite good and we were glad we attended.  As part of the opening ceremony George Dyer, an award winning tenor sang the National Anthem - what a voice!!!   Throughout the meeting, they had several other local entertainers from the various music venues in Branson.  The first was John Tweed, Branson's only four octave vocalist.  He was amazing!  After hearing the financial report of the park we were entertained by none other than Jim Stafford where he amazed us with his guitar expertise and some songs, including "I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes".  After they presented awards to various outstanding employees and volunteers at Treasure Lake we were entertained by Pierce Arrow.  This is one of our favorite groups here in Branson and as usual they did an awesome job. And finally they gave away LOTS of door prizes.  I am sure there were nearly 100 prizes, but unfortunately none of us won.  That was okay though, we still had a great time.

Afterwards we had lunch with Frank and Joyce at Tequila's, a Mexican restaurant on Hwy 248 not too far from the resort.  It was another excellent meal.  We love having the opportunity to visit restaurants with people from the area.  We used to have many favorites here in Branson but most of them have closed so we are learning the new to us "best" eating places all over again.

After lunch we headed to the clubhouse to hear Debbie & Gordy Wenzel.  We first heard this couple at the Hard Luck Cafe here in Branson about 18-20 years ago.  We returned there many a year to hear them again and again.  Later on we happened upon them at the Branson Mall (next to Wal-Mart on 76) and at that time we purchased several of their cd's that we have enjoyed listening to over the years.  This was the first time we have had the opportunity to see them in several years, and it was worth the wait.

Carolyn had planned to attend the annual meeting this morning but she sent me a text she was not feeling well and was going to rest.  While we were waiting for the show to start I sent her a text to see how she was feeling.  She was doing much better and wanted to know if we wanted to get together later this evening.  I told her we thinking of going to have a snack later and asked her if she wanted to check with Connie and Jack to see if they would like to join us and I would check to see if Joyce and Frank would like to go.  Vern and Joanne left this morning to head home.

We all met at McFarland's at 4:30 and had dinner together.  Carolyn surprised us by asking for the "Raising Table".  Dean and I had set at one of these tables before so we weren't surprised to find our table getting higher and higher by the minute.  It took awhile before the other two couples figured out their plates were getting closer and closer to their mouths as they ate.  We all had a good laugh and had to sing "Row Row Row Your Boat" before the table would return to it's normal height.  We had a great meal and a great time.  We stood in the parking lot talking to Joyce and Frank for awhile before we finally headed back to Bentley for the night.

Sunday (Oct 30) we hurried to get around as we plan to leave here around 9.  Joyce and Frank stopped as they were walking their dog to say goodbye and shortly after that we were hooked up and ready to go.

What a great week with many really great friends.  RVing has opened a whole new opportunity for friendships in our retirement.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October 16-21, 2016 - Sequoyah State Park, Wagoner, OK

Sunday, October 16
When I got home from church Dean already had Bentley hooked up and was ready to pull out.  We had loaded everything inside earlier this morning.  We pulled out shortly before 1:00 and made the 2 hour +/- drive to the Seminole Campground within Sequoyah State Park at Wagoner, OK.  Our site is #25.  We loved the site as we are separated some distance from immediate neighbors - which doesn't happen in many of the campgrounds.  While this campground does have sewer at some sites ours did not, however it does have 50 amp electric and water hookups.  The weather was beautiful while we were here and we enjoyed watching the deer and turkeys that visited the campgrounds early in the morning and later in the evening.  Our campground had a beautiful waterview with stunning sunsets every evening.  We had a number of campfires in the evening and even enjoyed one morning campfire.

Upon arrival we noticed Phil and Janelle were pulled into a site but were sitting in their truck with their RV still connected.  We walked up to see what was going on and they explained someone was in the site they had reserved, and had apparently left.  They were parked in a vacant site that will be Pam and Dennis' site when they arrive tomorrow morning.  The park host had contacted the owner of the trailer and he had indicated he did not plan to return until the following day.  The host had contacted the park ranger and they were waiting to see how they were going to handle it.  Long story short, the owner of the trailer finally arrived and they got into their site sometime around 7:30-8:00 that evening.  They arrived at the park at 12:30.  Needless to say they were not happy and it made a very long day for them.  Fortunately hings like this do not happen often, and it is difficult to understand why someone would even do this when the site was clearly marked that someone had it reserved.

Friends Keith and Drena were also onsite.  We visited with everyone before heading to bed.

Monday, October 17
So this morning we were getting around and before leaving I needed to use the bathroom one last time.  While I was sitting there, I felt the toilet give a little bit and it made a popping sound.  I know I've gained a few pounds, but really!!!!  I called Dean in to see what had happened and a section of the back of the toilet had cracked.  It did not affect the bowl and no water was leaking but we were concerned about how sturdy it was for further use, and even more concerned about how it might hold up bouncing up and down as we drove 69 Highway back home.  That is a terrible road.

I called our warranty company to see about purchasing a new toilet.  We found that Dean cannot just go buy one and change it out himself to make use of the warranty, it must be installed by an RV repair person.  We drove to Muskogee, OK and obtained a price for a new toilet at an RV company that provides both sales and service.  The cost is more than we would pay if we utilized our warranty so we inquired if there was a mobile RV repairman in the area.  They gave us the name of an individual and we called, leaving a message.  Chad called back later in the day.  (Outcome:  He took our information and after seeing what was involved he contacted our insurance company.  They authorized him to do the work and he will replace the toilet.  Our deductible is $100 and the final cost will be nearly $400 so it was well worth it to go through the RV technician rather than undertake it ourselves.  Chad finally arrived late afternoon/evening before we planned to leave the next day and had it changed out in less than 30 minutes.  We were happy to know it was repaired and we didn't have to worry about what would happen if it wasn't repaired before bouncing back up 69 Highway.)

Alvin pulled in later this morning and his wife Linda will join us later as she already had plans for today.  As usual we had lots of great food to eat this week.  Phil smoked 2 Boston pork butts on his Traeger grill, along with several hot links.  Everyone brought a side dish to go with the meat, and it was all delicious.

Terry and Jennifer arrived a few days into the campout and we enjoyed meeting and getting to know them.  They joined our group and we are thrilled to have them.  We look forward to seeing them more in the upcoming year.

One morning Linda and I decided to ride their (hers and her husband's) bicycles around the park.  We pedaled from within the Seminole campground where we were parked out to the main road.  It is uphill for a fairly long distance.  Linda was able to pedal clear to the top but I had to stop part way up and walk mine the rest of the way.  I just couldn't pedal.  Come to find out she had dropped her gear to 2, and I thought I was dropping my gear but instead raised it and I was trying to go up on gear 5.  It made me feel better and I made myself ride it to the top the second time we tried it - but in the right gear that time.  We wore both pretty winded when we finished the second ride and called it quits.

I would like to get bicycles for Dean and I to ride while we are camping and maybe down the road that will happen.

On the last full day of the campout Janelle, Linda, Pam and I went into Wagoner.  We visited two flea markets, then had lunch at a wonderful bistro downtown.  Afterwards we visited the Wagoner Historical Museum.  It was really interesting.  Janelle's family (The Cobb's) were one of the early families in Wagoner and there were several things of interest with her family on display.  Janelle took us by her house and showed us a beautiful Murphy bed that has been in her family for many years.  I was not expecting it to be so beautiful and would have never have known it was a bed had she not opened it up for us to see.  We also admired the beautiful quilts made by her husband Phil.  He not only hand stitches the pieces but does beautiful embroidery on a number of them as well.

We all said our goodbyes on Friday morning and we headed back home.  We have a busy week ahead of us before we take off for at least one more trip next week before we put Bentley away for the winter.

Saturday, October 22
So I have to add this little story.  We arrived home on Friday.  Misti, my daughter, called me to see if I wanted to have lunch Saturday for my birthday (which is the 23rd).  I told her that sounded great and she is going to pick me up after she gets off work at noon.  Dean had some errands to run and then was going to run by the golf course to see what was going on.  Misti picked me up and told me she wanted to stop at her house first.  Last weekend before we left to camp, her 17 year old son Logan had his Senior pictures taken.  Some of those were at the piano in Riverside Park.  Afterwards we moved the piano to Misti's home.  Misti, my sister Cindy and I helped her hang pictures in the rest of the house the week prior to that.  She told me she wanted to show me what she had done with the shelves she had hung over the piano before we went to eat.  We pulled up to her house and walked in through the garage.  She walked around the corner before me and then I walked in - to a room full of people - my husband, my son, two daughter-in-law's, grandkids, my sisters and their husbands, and necies and nephews, along with two of our dear friends who recently moved from Oswego.  They said SURPRISE and Happy Birthday!  I was so surprised I couldn't even speak.  All I could do was stare at them.

While I took a few minutes to walk around and talk to each of them Misti and my sisters were setting everything out.  What a feast --- pulled pork, several sides and desserts, including a beautiful birthday cake.  It was so nice of them to do this and I was really touched that they did.  I love my family very much.  Thank you again to all my family and our friends who are reading this.  It really meant so much to me.  I love you all!

October 2-7, 2016 - SKP Chapter 17 Fall Rally - Cedar Oaks RV Park - Grove, OK

I am way behind on the blog and trying to catch up.  Of course I can't remember everything that happened during this time so I'm going to just provide an overview of the following rally events.

October 2-7, 2016 - SKP Chapter 17 Fall Rally - Cedar Oaks RV Park, Grove, OK

Sunday, October 2
Dean and I made sure Bentley was packed and ready to go early this morning.  Dean was golfing with brother-in-law Elmer, and my sister, Crystal and I were headed to Chetopa to attend the 140th anniversary of the Chetopa Christian Church.  This is the church I attended until I graduated from the 8th grade.

Crystal noticed the speaker would be Loyal Harp a former resident, teacher and coach in Chetopa that attended the church when we did.  His wife Bobbie watched us after school and we had not seen them since they moved from Chetopa in the late 1960's.  As it was, not only did we get to see and visit with both Loyal and Bobbie, but all of their children were there as well.  It was great to see them and catch up a bit.

When Crystal dropped me off, Dean was already hooked up and ready to head south.  We were soon on the road and an hour later we pulled into Cedar Oaks RV Park.  In no time we were parked and set up.  A few members were already there - the Horstman's and Kern's.  Soon more pulled in and there were many hugs and visiting going on.  What a great bunch of people this group has.  We are so happy to be a part of this big extended family of rv'ers.

After quite a bit of visiting and catching up, we were hungry.  Most of us went to Charlie's Chicken for dinner.  When we returned to the park, we were surprised to see our friends Bill and Mary Van Nuys had arrived.  We did not expect them until tomorrow, and we had a nice evening visiting with them.

Monday, October 3
Monday morning the guys met for coffee and an officer's meeting was held around 1.  As the newsletter editor I attended the meeting.  I enjoy putting the newsletter together.  It's only published quarterly and I only have to mail 3 of the newsletters, as most go via email, so once it is done there is little work involved.  We had a great dinner by Wagon Masters Bill and Janice of sloppy jo's, coleslaw, potato salad, pies and cake.  It was delicious.  Dean and I visited with Bill and Mary again this evening.

Tuesday, October 4
Each morning as I have my coffee I read a number of RV blogs.  One of my favorite is "Bill and Jan RVING the USA."  I have been following their blog for about 2-2.5 years. As I am reading it I realize they are in the same park we are having our rally.  What is amusing, is as I was reading her blog last week while they were in Goshen, IN for the Montana Rally I noticed a picture of our friend Mary Van Nuys on her blog.  I contacted Mary to tell her I had read about her in Jan's blog and to encourage them to come to the fall rally.  What are the chances that Jan and Bill followed Bill & Mary's route from their rally to the same park where we are having our rally just a few days later.  Needless to say I sent her an email and asked if she would have time to meet up with us while they were here.  After a few emails we decided on sometime after 4:00 or so later today.

This afternoon we played Joker's Bingo in the clubhouse.  It was alot of fun!  Four people play with one deck of cards and our group was Dean, Mary, Linda Baker and me.  Guess who never won a hand?  That would be me!!

Mary and I walked over to Bill and Jan's RV and had the nicest visit with them.  Since they are SKP members, we invited them to join us for dinner tonight at our rally and they graciously accepted.   Bill, Mary, Dean and I had the best time visiting with Bill and Jan.  What a wonderful surprise and exciting day it was to get to meet these two wonderful people.

Wednesday, October 5

As I was having my coffee this morning and reading Jan's blog I found we were mentioned with a few pictures!  WOW!  Today Mary and I ran into town so I could return a shirt I had purchased here in Grove a few weeks when I was here with my sister..  I drove through Grove to show her around a bit before we returned to the park.  Today we mostly visited and I played hand and foot with a few of the ladies this afternoon at the clubhouse. Vern and Joanne Eide had chili dogs for dinner tonight and ice cream sandwiches for dessert.  Very good.  We spent the evening visiting some more.

Thursday, October 6

This morning we had our annual business meeting.  I will remain as the club's newsletter editor.  I enjoy putting it together.  There is one published each quarter so it's pretty easy to do.  In the past our spring and fall rally's have been held a week or two earlier than our regular monthly casual campouts held from April-October.  At this meeting it was voted and agreed to hold the rallies in conjunction with the monthly casual campouts in April and September rather than meeting two separate times in these two months.

One couple had to back out as wagonmasters for this evening so Dean and I agreed to fill in.  Since we had so much food left over from the last three nights we had a smorgasboard of leftovers for tonight's meal.

Following our meal tonight we had our brown bag exchange.  Each person brings a gift of approximately $5 value - typically something to eat.  Each person draws a number.  As the number is drawn from another set of numbers for each person in attendance they have to pick a brown bag.  The rules are you cannot touch it or move it.  Once they open it is available for view and can be stolen from the "owner" twice and then it stays with the last one to steal it.  It is lots of fun and we again had a great time.  Chocolate seems to be high on the list for all!

Leftover food items were auctioned off, and our rally closed.  Pam and Dennis will bring up doughnuts in the morning and there will be coffeee.  Then we will all head our separate ways until we either meet up in two weeks at Sequoyah State Park, Wagoner, OK; in Texas for those that will be going for the winter or next April at our spring rally at Monkey Island RV Park, Afton, OK.  It's always hard to leave our friends but we wish everyone safe travels and look forward to our next get togethers.